Physical verification, environmental and health impacts of a former DDT factory in North West Frontier Province, Pakistan.
Given the adverse environmental and health impacts of DDT and POPs worldwide, SDPI conducted a study to examine the impacts of the Nowshera DDT factory operations over the years. The aim of the study was to raise public awareness about POPs and the Stockholm Convention, encourage the Government of Pakistan to employ necessary remedial clean-up measures and enhance the public's role in supporting the national implementation plan. The study included physical verification of the DDT factory site/warehouse, quantification of DDT and examination of contaminated area soil and water and blood DDT levels (especially in children) in the nearby population. The report, available in English, Urdu and Pashto languages (the latter two - languages of the Northwest Frontier Province), was discussed with local authorities, and a half-day workshop was also organized with representatives of district hospitals, educational institutions and other relevant provincial/district departments.
Study and examination of Nowshera DDT factory operations and POPs